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Gratitude Quotient 

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Hey family,

So the month of November in our church calendar is a month of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is something that we must do at all times, but we take time to specifically thank God for keeping us as a ministry. This November, Shiloh turns 6 years old!!! How amazing!!! It is all because of his grace and we remember where he has brought us from and we return to bring him an offering of Thanksgiving from the 23rd- 25th November 2018. Invite a friend and come celebrate with us,

In preparation for this powerful weekend, Rev Reuben brought us the word; 'Gratitude Quotient' this weekend encouraging us to have an attitude of gratitude. As I mentioned earlier, Thanksgiving is to be done at all times.

In the same way, we have IQ (Intelligence Quotient), EQ (Emotional Quotient) we must have GQ (Gratitude Quotient) May we have a high GQ when it comes to the things of God, we must always remember to give thanks and give God the glory.

1 Thessalonians 5:18
   "In every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus."

This scripture puts it so well. It highlights when we should be thankful. It makes it extremely clear that at ALL TIMES, we must be thankful, we must have a heart of gratitude. I love that the Amplified Version adds "no matter what the circumstances" It doesn't matter what life throws at you, no matter the hurt, pain, whatever it is you are going through, you must give thanks. If you are breathing, you have a reason to thank God. You may not have everything you want, but the fact you are still alive, you have something to thank God for.

The last part of that scripture gives us the reason as to why we must give thanks at all times. Paul doesn't write this just because he wants the church in Thessalonica to give thanks in spite what they're going through. Paul isn't oblivious to the fact it may be hard to give thanks no matter the situation but because it is "the will of God for US in Christ Jesus" he encourages the church to do so. Giving thanks is the will of God for our lives! 

There are two keys to being thankful; they are, Remembering and Returning.
Remembering:

You cannot be thankful unless you remember where God has brought you from and what he has done for you. Last Sunday the entire world gathered in remembrance of the end of the First World War. 100 years later, we are still remembering when the war ended and we remember all those who fought and lost their lives so we can live in freedom today. We cannot forget those men and women who fought for us. How about God, who woke you up this morning, put you on your way, put food on your table, and has sustained you all the way from January to this very moment. Oh, and he's not going to stop there, he's going to keep sustaining you and keeping you. How can we not remember such a God?

Returning:

Another huge component of being thankful is returning. It's great to remember, but your Thanksgiving isn't complete until you return to give praise and thanks to him who deserves it. The Bible tells us of the story of the 10 lepers that Jesus heals. But out of the 10 only 1 returns to give God thanks and praise. 

Luke 17:11-19

verse 15 says:

"One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan."

Verse 17 really sticks out to me

"Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?"

You do not want to be one of the 9 lepers that Jesus asks about. Return back to God and give him the glory, honor, and thanks he deserves.


I pray you have been blessed by this summary of the sermon, don't forget to listen to the sermon which can be found on the 'Media' tab of the website.
 

Enjoy the rest of your week and you Sunday

God Bless 


 

Mercy Guma, 13/11/2018

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Prayer for Love and Unity 

 Our God is love, and without love, we cannot truly worship and work for Him.
He is the epitome of love – the kind of love that is selfless and willing to give all that it haves so that it may save many. For that is what Scripture says in John 3:16(AMP), “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He[even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” He did not need saving but for the sake of those of us who were perishing, he was moved with compassion to the point of spending all He had in order to pray for our ransom. He was willing to leave the comfort and glory in heaven to step down into this world so He can have all of us.
 
This year, can we look to emulate this kind of love for those perishing in sin – so we can do whatever it takes to reach out for our comfort zones and win them for the Lord? Can we show some more love to those who are less advantaged in society especially those of the household of faith? Shall we learn to love our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord, those with whom we worship and work in God’s vineyard – irrespective of their imperfections? Shall we not forget that we too are full of flaws? Shall we then learn how to make room for the misjudgements and the folly of others? Yes, we can and only then can we share a sincere love with one another (1.Pet 1:22). Moreover, that is how the world would know we are his disciples – Jesus said (Jn 13:34-35).
 
God is a triune God – God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And throughout Scripture, we see the unity of the Trinity on display for us – for instance, in the beginning, the Trinity works together to create the universe, all creatures and man –
Gen 1:26Then God said, “Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]; and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.”
 
Jesus also prayed for the unity of his disciples, basing on the unity between his Father and himself -  John 17:11 “…Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” Jesus knew that without unity amongst his disciples after he had gone, his ministry would die. That is why he commanded them to tarry in Jerusalem waiting for the Holy Spirit, who would only come after they had been in ‘one accord’ (Acts 2:1).
 
We too cannot worship and serve a unified God whilst we are disjointed – we must pray and strive to bond together – bound by the string of love (Col 3:14). For God is love and we too must be of the same mind, only then can we with one accord with “one voice glorify and praise and 
honor the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-7)
 
In 2018, Let’s do things differently – let us accept one another by clothing ourselves in a tapestry love.

Reuben Guma, 16/01/2018

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Instructions for Prayer 3 


We must pray in God’s will (Mat 6:9–13).
 
The purpose of prayer is to glorify God’s name and to ask Him to come down to accomplish His will on earth. True prayer begins with God’s interests at heart and not ours.  As Robert Law so succinctly put it “Prayer is a mighty instrument, not 
for getting man’s will done in heaven, but for getting God’s will done on earth.”  When we pray, therefore, we are asking God to quicken His kingdom on earth and therefore honor his mighty name.
 
It is always wise to put God and His needs first before we can present our own needs to Him. That way, we are more kingdom minded than we are earthly minded. Jesus said that our heavenly Father knows our needs even before we mention them anyway (Matt. 6:8). We also see Jesus putting God’s will first before his own – in the garden of Gethsemane – Luke 22:42 (AMP) Father, if You are willing, remove this cup [of divine wrath] from Me; yet not My will, but [always] Yours be done.” That to us must be a lesson that no matter what the pressing issue may be, we must always seek God’s will first – maybe it is His will that you and I go through that situation, just like it was His will for Jesus to go to the cross.
 
It was necessary for Jesus to drink the cup of crucifixion so that the penalty for sin may be paid - so that we may be redeemed from the slavery of sin. And according to Phil 2: 5-11, Jesus obeyed the will of His Father and as a result, he was given the name above all names and at the mention of his name every knee must bow, with every tongue confessing that he is Lord. Painful as the process of crucifixion may have been, it was profitable for our Lord Jesus. Who knows what that which you are suffering or going through could do for you? Maybe it is God’s will for you to go through it so you can come out even better and blessed at the other end?
 
So yes, it is always good to pray for and in His will, and it is only when we do so that He hears us – according to 1 John 5:14, “This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that [a]if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us.”
 
That is why Jesus taught us to pray – “Let your kingdom come, let will be done on earth, as it is done in heaven” ( Mat 6:10).

Reuben Guma, 16/01/2018

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Instructions for Prayer 1

We must learn to pray in secret (Matt. 6:5–15)

Whilst teaching about prayer, our Lord Jesus gave us his disciples four parameters to guide us in praying. Today, I will talk about the first one.

He said that we must pray in secret before we can do so in public (v. 6).
This is not to say that there is something wrong with praying in public, or in church for instance – far from it. All he was saying is that it is hypocritical to pray in public if we have not cultivated the habit of praying in private.
 
Jesus employs the word closet which means “a private room”. He wanted us to follow in his footsteps because according to Mark 1:35, he used to get up early morning, before daybreak and retreat to a solitary place to pray. This is in line with what we see Prophet Elisha doing in 2 Kings 4:32 when praying for the Shunammite Woman’s dead son.
 
There things for which you can only effectively pray for in your own closet. During this month of prayer, may we develop the spiritual muscles to pray in private so we can become more effective in our prayers in the open. 

Reuben Guma, 03/01/2018

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Prepare for WONDERS 

The Lord’s instructions on Praying (Matt. 6:5–15)

Whilst teaching about prayer, our Lord Jesus gave us his disciples four parameters to guide us in praying and today, I will talk about the first one.

He said that we must pray in secret before we can do so in public (v. 6).

This is not to say that there is something wrong with praying in public, or in church for instance – far from it. All he was saying is that it is hypocritical to pray in public if we have not cultivated the habit of praying in private.
 
Jesus employs the word closet which means “a private room”. He wanted us to follow in his footsteps because according to Mark 1:35, he used to get up early morning, before daybreak and retreated to a solitary place to pray. In the Old Testament, we also see Prophet Elisha doing the same in 2 Kings 4:32when he closed himself in the room to pray for the Shunammite woman’s dead son. He engaged the Lord God in private, away from everyone else and after the boy came back to life, he then opened the door and handed him to his mother.
 
There things for which you can only effectively pray for in your own closet.
 During this month of prayer, may we develop the spiritual muscles to pray in private so we can become more fervent and effectual in our prayers in the open. 

Reuben Guma, 31/12/2017

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Reuben Guma, 20/01/2018